A field based fitness testing battery for rugby league

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Paul Coneyworth with Nick Ward and Anthony Turner

Rugby league football originated in the north of England in the 1890’s and is now played globally. Participating nations in the southern hemisphere include Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa, with only the British Isles (England, Scotland, and Wales), Ireland, and France representing the Northern Hemisphere. Currently, little data exists regarding the physical demands of professional rugby league, with evidence being solely represented through sub-elite and junior players. This knowledge however, is fundamental when designing strength and conditioning programmes and specific to this article, fitness testing batteries.

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